Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Pumpkins and Giant Veggies

Vail's had a great pumpkin display besides their apple sales.  I suppose their giant pumpkin may draw people off the highway, and once they stop they are highly likely to buy some apples.  October is the heart of the apple picking and sales season after all, and it ends with a bang on Hallowe'en.

Yes, it really is a giant pumpkin, and you can go right inside too.  Too bad it isn't wheelchair accessible; I woulda been right in there!
And the pumpkins were uniformly big, bright and beautiful.  I was impressed with their quality control.

White pumpkins too; they're for ghosts if you don't want goblins!

And I was surprised to find a few giant veggies.

I asked about them, and learned that they are grown by a farmer in distant northern Ontario who knows the Vails.  He enters them in the famous Port Elgin Pumpkinfest, and afterwards puts them on display here.  The one on the left is the marrow, and on the right is the bushel gourd.  His giant pumpkin has already gone to be 'deseeded' - the seeds are worth a lot!  And he goes home with multiple bags of apples for all his friends.

And inside that giant pumpkin?  A range of little ghosts and goblins waiting to scare your little ones!


With this post I've hit 2000!  And I can't begin to tell you how much it's meant to me.  It's won me friends all over the world out there, that's you my readers.  It's got me taking my camera everywhere to record our adventures, and to look for adventures to go on.  In so doing it's given Mrs. F.G. and I ever more things to do together.  It gives me something to think about and do most days of the week.  Over the past year it's contributed enormously to my mental and emotional health.  So thank all you wonderful readers for sticking with me.


  1. Congrats on your 2000th post. I think blogs are just the greatest thing for many of us. They spur us on to other things like you mentioned. There's not much point in taking photos every day if a person doesn't have people to share them with. Same thing with writing. And combining travel with writing and photography makes for a lot of enjoyable blogging which in turn brings enjoyment to others. What a win-win combination and great way to keep we older fellas out of trouble eh:))

  2. Congratulations! Those outings are precious indeed.

  3. Congrats on 2000! That takes lots of discipline to write a blog consistently. Especially with the challenges you have experienced. In case you forgot, your blog is why my husband and I visited Owen Sound and the Bruce Peninsula in 2015. Such a beautiful area. And I look forward to 2000 more posts.

  4. So cute. We saw lots of pumpkin fields and patches on our drive up to Harrison Lake. The large one reminds me of the orange juice stands that used to be along Highway 99 in California's central valley. We would drive up to visit my grandparents in the 50s and 60s and remember stopping at them for fresh squeezed orange juice. They are no longer there. Sad. I remember that your daughter lives in Abbotsford from previous blog posts. It's been a fun mini-trip even with all the rain. - Margy

  5. Terrific shots. Bravo on the milestone!

  6. Congratulations!
    We have got some apples down here in New Mexico called Sweet Tango, as of now, they are our very favourite. C

  7. Well done on 2000 pounds. As for pumpkins it's Spring here for us but we tend to get Pumpkins all year round.

  8. 2,000! Wow! I haven't even got to one thousand yet. Well done, you.
    You never used to see pumpkins in this area, but the increasing commercialism of Halloween has made it worthwhile growing them. I'd never even heard of Halloween when I was a child.

  9. I certainly enjoy your posts. It gives me some idea of how one can make life better even when unable to be active. And congratulations for your 2000! Keep 'em coming. :-)

  10. And we can't begin to tell you how much you mean to us. Well done.

  11. Some big pumpkins there and wow that walk inside one is something! : )
    Congratulations on your 2000th post.
    I feel the same way to do.
    Thank YOU for your blog and for all you share with us!! : )